- The evacuation flights of stranded Nigerians abroad will soon be stopped
- The federal government announced that it will end the evacuation flights on Saturday, August 22
- Boss Mustapha, the chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, made the disclosure during the daily briefing
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Ahead of the reopening of Nigeria’s airspace for international travel, the federal government on Monday, August 17, announced that it will end the normal evacuation flights of Nigerians abroad.
The chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this during the daily briefing in Abuja said the evacuation will end on Saturday, August 22, to give international airports sufficient time in preparation to reopen.
According to Daily Trust, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) also noted that a number of countries have signified intention to repatriate Nigerians convicted, pardoned and paroled.
Mustapha went on to note that the PTF has continued to observe the decline in fatalities, high discharge rates and consistent under 500 daily cases of infections recorded for the past four weeks.
The SGF who explained that Nigeria as a country should not and would not lower its guard urged the people to improve their compliance with the various safety protocols at all levels.
This development is coming after the federal government announced that international flights will resume on Saturday, August 29.
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced on Monday, August 17, that the reopening procedure would mirror that of domestic flights where operations began with the Lagos and Abuja airports.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a total of 2,933 Nigerian evacuees returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while 292 others were repatriated.
The twitter handle of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Twitte@nidcom_gov, reported that the evacuees returned to Nigeria via an Emirate flight.
“@emirates flight with 292 Evacuees arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 1430HRS from the United Arab Emirates today, Wednesday, August 12, bringing the total number of evacuees from the UAE to 2,933."
In a related development, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has responded to allegations that some airports are collecting cash from passengers on evacuation flights.
The claim has been on that officials of the Nnamdi Azikiwe received bribe from some passengers to evade the stipulated isolation due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
In light of this, FAAN has urged returning passengers, especially of this category, not to give any international airport cash for service rendered.
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